Can an Abortion Cause Infertility?

Can an Abortion Cause Infertility?

A taboo topic

Today we are tackling a topic that is pretty taboo, and it’s not one that many women feel like they can just open up and ask their friends about, or even their doctors. That topic is abortion, or more specifically, the affect that abortion may or may not have on subsequent pregnancies.

Many women don’t know the truth about this, and may wonder about it, but can also be afraid to ask about it. We will tackle this tough topic today. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

For most women

For the vast majority of women, abortion poses no risk to subsequent pregnancies on down the line. Many, if not most women who have abortions go on to have healthy pregnancies as well as healthy babies later in life.

Being pregnant before is a sign for women that their reproductive systems are working properly, and that they are able to get pregnant in the first place. This sometimes can give women who make the difficult decision to have an abortion a little bit of comfort in knowing that their bodies should be able to support a pregnancy at a later date when the time is right.

For some women

While most women do not suffer from any long term fertility effects as the result of an abortion, sometimes, abortions do cause an increased risk of some pregnancy complications. The pregnancy complications that abortion can possibly increase the risk of includes things like preterm labor or preterm birth, low birth weight babies, vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy, and placenta previa, a medical condition where the placenta can partially or completely cover the cervix.

Additional possible risks

There are also additional risks that might be present if a woman has a surgical abortion, or a cutterage (also known as a D&C). Surgical abortions and D&C’s can sometimes damage the cervix and/or uterus in rare cases. Usually, this scar tissue can be repaired simply and easily rather quickly after it occurs.

Also, women should be aware that repeated dilations of the cervix can weaken it over time, and cause a condition that is known as an incompetent cervix. This is where the cervix begins to dilate prematurely, and can usually be corrected with a small stitch being placed in the cervix.

For the majority of women, however, abortions pose no risk to subsequent pregnancies, and many women go on to have healthy pregnancies after abortion. However, if you have questions about how an abortion might affect your health or your fertility on down the road, be sure to ask your doctor.

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.